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[Petaluma Chicken Promotional Film]

by Unknown

Published 1932


Early promotional film for Sonoma County poultry industry featuring young women making an extremely large omelet.


Run time 3:39
Producer Unknown
Sponsor Unknown
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

Shotlist

Petaluma, California: portions of an early sound promotional film featuring a large group of young ladies who make a very large omelet in a giant pan (10-12 feet diameter / ends with closeup of chickens


Women Gender roles Models Poultry industry Agriculture Cooking Stunts Eggs Sexism Promotional stunts Oddities
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Reviews

Reviewer: JayKay49 - - March 7, 2012
Subject: Eggarama at Petaluma
An amusing film from an early 30's eggfest with girls cracking eggs, then doing calisthenics looking like Hitler youth - par for the era. I searched carefully to see if the Joads were in the background. Maybe they hadn't arrived yet.

Interestingly, today eggs in the grocery in California cost at least 75 to 150 percent more than they do in the Midwest. Unionized chickens? Mezz'cans don't gather or candle eggs? Who knows.

I did not appreciate the sexual innuendos that Spuzz did. But I did notice that Chef San Francisco did have a bulge in that apron. Maybe it was an omphalocoele.

anyways....Ok flick. Like many others...it's better than that junk they hawk on cable TV.
Reviewer: rebelmacaque - - August 7, 2007
Subject: Lay off the Freudian theory, it's just . . .
. . . Butter & Egg Days! This is clearly an old clip of one of the Butter & Egg Day festivities. You can still attend the festival every Spring and witness the crowning of the Butter & Egg Princess. Hooray for Dairy Royalty!
And yes, there was a large Jewish presence in Petaluma in those years. I have had the privilege of talking with some of these now elderly farmers. Quite a fascinating history.
Reviewer: ERD. - - August 5, 2007
Subject: Promo lays an egg.
This promo was silly. Probably because of age, the film was dark and had many splices
Reviewer: db44 - - August 5, 2007
Subject: video from a near utopia
Petaluma was a magnet for socialist-leaning Jewish farmers from WW I through the 1950s -- there's a documentary (A Home on the Range) and a book (forget the title) about the community, which might seem unlikely but then again everyone was a farmer back then, or one generation off the farm, even the socialists.
Reviewer: David Sims - - August 4, 2007
Subject: Big = Good
The other interesting thing here is that, to back up their claim that the eggs are good, they'll make a really big one. Big's good, right?
Reviewer: Spuzz - - December 24, 2005
Subject: EGG PORN!!!
Uhhhh, what the hell did I just see?

Since I am almost done viewing all there is too see here, I wasnt expecting anything out of the ordinary anymore. Then comes the Petaluma chicken film which just blows me away for being OUT there and being highly strange and makes me feel uncomfortable at the same time.
A group of women come up to Chef San Fransisco and present him with eggs! Uh, its strange already. Chef welcomes the girls to SF by saying My, those are wonderful beautiful white eggs! and suggests they make an omelet, while trying unsuccessfully to remember his lines. Next scene, the women are making the omelet! Theyre chatting away, while the good chef looks on. The chef offers milk to the eggs as well. Yes, the sexual implications of this is too ridiculous, I know. After that scene, we get the most bizarre cutaway to women excersising. Why? Who knows? But most of them are totally rhythm confused. After that scene, the girls are back cooking their omelet. 2 old codgers come on the screen. I think they might be from a egg group in California. Theyre too stunned to speak at the weirdness going on so they only get a few words out between the two of them. Anyways, the girls continue to cook the omelet as the film ends.

Very very bizarre. A MUST SEE on this site!
Reviewer: cashel - - November 29, 2003
Subject: funny
I enjoyed the simple humour of this 3 minute b/w film..There are no actors,just natural ordinary people having fun. Parodoxically,I find pleasure in the film,s poor technical production
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